Partners in Mission

Luke 10: 1-9
2Tim 1: 1-8 / 96

The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest.
(Luke 10:2)

As our priests are sent on God’s mission,
Our prayers are their best provision;
Let us ask the Lord and He will give
Power to our priests as we believe.

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.” (Luke 10: 1-9)

Reflection

In the last chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, before our Lord ascended into heaven, He commanded and commissioned His followers by addressing them in these words: “Full authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth; go therefore, and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world.” (Mt.28:18-20)

This “call to arms” is timely for all the priests of our Church who are presently holding their congress up to the 29th of this month. They all have a mission to make Christians of men. But Jesus’ directive is not only addressed to the clergy of His Church. If we are to believe His words, we have also been drafted into God’s Army. He has sent us to win the marketplace (our work milieu) from the forces of hell and help liberate others from Satan’s evil influence. As soldiers of Christ and members of His Church, we can help our priests by praying for them, especially for the success of their congress. We must also help proclaim the Good News as we have learned it from our priests, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21) God the Father sent Jesus, His Son, to proclaim the Good News. Through the ages, this same commission has been handed down to His priests, and to us to bring the light to those who still live in darkness.

Evangelization is life’s mission entrusted to every disciple of Jesus Christ. He said, “If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it, and if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it. What does it profit you to gain the whole world, but lose your soul? If someone feels ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Glory and in the Glory of his Father with his holy angels.” (Lk.9:23-26) Let us contribute our share to this mission of our priests by at least praying the rosary daily as a novena for the success of their congress, and for the Holy Spirit’s power to embolden them in their mission.

Grant O Lord, the grace of Your Holy Spirit to guide and empower all our priests in their mission to change the world. May we also be bold in proclaiming your Word in the marketplace, so that we too may be worthy of Your kingdom. Amen.

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